ProTran Test At Snetterton – April 12
Paul Cope and his team were at a gusty Snetterton yesterday, and
apart from one ‘issue’ with the charging system on the
ProTran RS/06H, the LMP1 hybrid ran very well (with Cope and Kevin
McGarrity both driving).
engine installation worked superbly,” comments Paul Cope,
“and the AER engine feels staggeringly quick. Kevin McGarrity
(in his CITGO overalls, right) reckoned that it has got
more power than anything he’s driven before – and having
never used a paddle shift until yesterday, I was amazed how quickly
you can go up and down through the gears.”
The charging problem is related to the fact that
the team is having to run the alternator off a driveshaft –
other AER V8s run theirs from the gearbox, but this car’s
arrangement doesn’t allow for that.
“We’re going back to work on that now,”
says Paul Cope, “and we’ll be out testing three times
before Spa – at Silverstone, Donington Park and Snetterton
worked on the set-up at all yet.”
Paul Cope is
wearing the red and white helmet, Kevin McGarrity the multi-coloured
one - in Mike Hoyer's photographs.
Round 2 of the
Le Mans Series is set for May 14, at Spa-Francorchamps.
at Snetterton yesterday was the groupBIO Lola diesel (last photograph).